You are what you eat, and who wants to be a lettuce?

So another thing that happened while we were recently travelling - we were some place, I don't remember exactly where, and of course we were getting ready to eat or drink something, probably both, and foie gras was on the menu, and Tom LOVES foie and was talking about getting it.

And I was giving him shit because,  if you are unaware of what they do to ducks/geese to get their livers  in to the desired form for mass consumption... The technique used is gavage and is the procedure by which the birds are deliberately fattened through force-feeding  To say it is beyond inhumane is well being quite generous.  I was going to insert a photo, but they upset me so much I decided against it.  My point here is not to try to convert anyone, just to offer up my personal experience.

Anyway, I was going on about how inhumane it is and Tom said something to the effect that I was being hypocritical - because I eat animal.

And he is/was right, I consume animal, and have become desensitized to it because it is served up in odd bits and pieces, and on flats of styrofoam, and the humanity of the treatment of the animals is far far removed.
Add to that how it sickens me, and I do means physically sickens me when I see and hear of cases of mistreatment and abuse of animals.  In fact it's one of the reasons I can no longer work at the dog shelter here.  I do other things to help, but I can't bear to see the animals and the condition they are in, especially when they first arrive.

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, 


So anyway, it got me thinking - and I decided that unless I know that the animal from whose bits and pieces have been humanely treated and butchered I am no longer eating them.  My exceptions to this are eggs, and I do know how horribly egg laying chickens are treated, and may well eliminate them too, in the future, oh, and I still eat fish.  That being said, all this is contingent upon my own health.  Being both lactose intolerant and hypo-glycemic poses a few problems, but nothing insurmountable.

I am into week 3 and so far so good!  Let's hope, for the sake of the animals, that I can stick to my resolve!








the post title was taken from this quote - Vegetarianism -- You are what you eat, and who wants to be a lettuce?
PETER BURNS, quoted in The Book of Poisonous Quotes

14 comments:

  1. When I was little my father bought the last few hundred layers from a failed egg operation, after that blood bath, I could not eat chicken for many years.

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    2. I understand, Tom and I,in the late 70's early 80's, being from the "In Generation" lived a sustainable life, we gardened, canned, I made many of our clothes, made our own bread, and butchered our meat, which was usually home grown. After a large slaughter of pullets one year I went Veg. That lasted 15 or so years. Ironically it was travels to Mexico that got me back to eating meat. At first just fish and chicken, then slowly more and more.

      When you experience the reality it is difficult.

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    3. My Linda is a vegan and has been for 25 years-nothing with a face. Her reasons are because of how we treat the animals before we eat or use them. She is good about letting me go my own way on this matter.

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  2. Debi, I so understand, thank you for posting......

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    1. who is this please????????????????????

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  3. This should make our Cook-along group more interesting, but I love challenges!! XO

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    1. we've done it already, and yes it will be more interesting! looking forward to it!

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    2. sorry debi, its janet on calle 70.....i cant seem to sign in properly

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  4. Let me make it a bit more complex for you. Will you apply the same principles to shoes and clothes? Does it matter that political prisoners in China or 14-year old Vietnamese girls may have put your wardrobe together?

    Emerson has a point, but he failed to note that it is impossible to live the moral transcendental life unless you provide all of your own necessities. The moment we rely upon the services of others, we either accept that we are merely buying the services and the provider has his own moral responsibility, or we are complicit in the moral failings of humanity.

    I am with Tom. I will buy the foie gras (and the Chinese-made Eccos), and enjoy the experience while spending the time prying the mote out of my own eye.

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    1. it's a difficult path - and we must pick and choose, just as my friend Faye can't understand why I work with animal rescue when there are children in need. We can't individually save the world, but by working together we can make a difference.
      I won't toss out the leather goods I have, but I won't be buying more, and as to clothes, well, I'll have to think about that tomorrow!

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  5. Gosh Debi, reading this, especially the part of how we try to disguise what we are doing, has really made me think. I couldn't eat my 3 little breakfast links this morning because all I could see was the faces of the three little pigs. A comment from one of your readers about not eating anything with a face really stuck in my brain. Your blog always causes me to stop and think.

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  6. You go girl! Senora Calypso and I have been Vegetarians for about 30 years - it really works ;-) After a few years the thought of consuming meat - well.... Congrats!

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  7. If anyone visited a commercial stockyard and observed the treatment of the animals they would stop eating processed beef.
    Becuase of the hormones and other chemicals they must inject the beef because of those conditions, we stopped purchasing commercial beef. We are lucky to have a dozen head of cattle on our property which we raise with organic methods. We butcher one a year for ourselves and provide the others for friends and a local butcher shop.
    Beef prices need to be higher to be able to return the raising of beef or other animals in order to stop the poor treatment of them. But that sadly will probably never happen, because of the hunger for cheap meat....
    Don't you consider how a carrot must scream when someone yanks it out of the ground? LOL.

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